This button depicts a red five-pointed star symbolizing Communism and a black silhouette of a gun within a black outline of a gun sight. This image represents the discussion of armed self-defense among some urban Black Nationalist leaders and organizations during the late-1960s and early-1970s. The iconography on this button draws strongly from other third world liberation struggles of the time period.
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
ca. late-1960s or early-1970s
unknown, “Armed Self-Defense,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed January 20, 2021, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/256.